To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what purpose the money paid in fines by members of the armed forces is used.
The money is appropriated in aid of defence Votes.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if, pursuant to the answer of 9 July, he will give for the 81 fines imposed by courts martial for 1985 and for the 46 fines imposed in 1986, the amount of the smallest, the largest and the median fine imposed for each category of offence.
The information requested is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost and effort.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will carry out a sample survey in order to estimate for (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Air Force and (c) the Royal Marines the annual number of fines summarily imposed by commanding officers; and if he will categorise the fines according to the nature of the offence and whether the fine falls into one of the following categories: (i) up to £100, (ii) £101 to £250, (iii) £250 to £500 and (iv) over £500.
The number of summary awards in 1986 for which a fine was the most serious punishment, together with the category of offence involved, are already known. Details are as follows:
|Offences against person (excluding sexual)||76|
|Offences against property||102|
|Desertion and AWOL||175|
|Other offences against discipline||1,264|
|Royal Air Force|
|Criminal damage/negligent damage||139|
|Driving and motor vehicle offences||509|
|Criminal damage/negligent damage||52|
|Driving and motor vehicle offences||22|
Categorisation by size of fine could only be achieved at disproportionate cost.